I have been working at IMVU full-time (More than a year)
An interesting product and a company with a clear mission. Design and engineering work together closely to create a product which is fun and expressive. A loyal and vocal customer base.
The company is working hard toward building new products which will continue to serve existing customers and continue to attract new ones.
There are some strong and interesting technologies underlying these products and talented people working on them.
Some bad decisions in the past continue to haunt the product. All the teams involved are working to overcome them, but it's going to be easy to overcome.
Some members of the engineering staff tend to resist necessary changes.
Advice to Management
All the teams in the company need to work together, management influences whether this happens or not. Keep the focus on building great products.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IMVU (Redwood City, CA) in August 2016.
Initial phone interview with HR. Then a follow up phone interview two weeks later with someone in Customer Care. After that I had a follow up phone interview with HR followed by an onsite interview with 5-6 employees.
Here is what I watched for when I went through the interview process (long so be warned):
So I was interviewing with a lot of companies and most of them asked me the basic interview questions that get old and arguably don’t reveal the candidate terribly well. When IMVU did a phone interview with me the person asked me what it would take for me to come to work and be passionate about it.
No one had ever asked me that out of a lot of phone interviews so I could tell immediately this company had a different and possibly refreshing culture
It turned out to be true. When I went for an onsite interview the first person to interview me asked if I wanted a drink and went to get it for me rather than asking the assistant nearby to do it. That demonstrated humbleness and a can-do attitude.
Another person I interviewed told me that she had started as a coordinator and was now one of the heads in her department. That told me they hired from within which was another good sign.
Still another person who interviewed me was remote a la video chat yet he was able to communicate more warmth and intelligence that some of the places I had interviewed onsite. That told me these people were more likely to treat employees like human beings than another number.
Within 24 hours of the onsite interview I had an offer. Yet another good sign. I had some other known tech companies courting me but IMVU was competitive and made me the best overall offer. Add that I am a passionate gamer and it quickly became a no-brainer to accept.
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